Incarceration and Reentry

Getting out of prison (also known as re-entry) can be incredibly stressful and pose many challenges, including the need to secure housing and employment, and re-connecting with family and friends. At the same time, while some medical needs may have been addressed in prison, issues like substance abuse and mental illness may not have been addressed at all. Seeing a qualified professional therapist can help with the transition back into society outside of prison. Therapy can provide tools to help solve problems, deal with social situations, and to control anger – in addition to helping with substance abuse issues. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s incarceration and re-entry specialists today.

Meet the specialists

I have worked for over a decade with individuals who have lived through the criminal justice system. I strongly believe that you have the potential to make valuable contributions to society. I have a solid understanding of the barriers that make reentry a challenge to those who want to reconnect with their friends, family and society. I will work collaboratively with you to build a positive reentry plan and develop the skills needed to succeed in building a good life for yourself.

— Brian Finnerty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collingswood, NJ

I have worked within Forensic settings, meaning all clients have varying levels of involvement with the Justice System. Private Practice may not be a suitable level of care for individuals currently involved within the justice system, should you support someone within or have trauma due to involvement with the Justice system our therapy would provide understanding of experiences and impacts due to the Justice System.

— Alejandro Aguirre, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Burbank, CA

I worked for nearly two years within an addictions treatment program at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, and then for another year+ in an outpatient clinic for individuals, primarily men, on federal probation after their re-entry from being incarcerated. These experiences and the learning I have done sense has made me passionate about the cyclical nature of trauma on people who are incarcerated and the systemic obstacles facing their successful re-entry to society.

— Lisa Kays, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WASHINGTON, DC

Curious about what prompts you to have a sense of being here before? Are troubling experiences affecting your daily life? Do you have dreams or nightmares of places you have never been? Do you have chronic pain, even though there is no medical reason for the pain? Upon meeting someone for the first time, do you feel an immediate attraction or uncomfortable dislike for that person? Do you have migraine headaches? You might be experiencing the issues from a past life...recovery is possible.

— Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D., Hypnotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

One reason I am leaving my work in the prison system is the lack of people providing mental health services specific to those releasing back into our communities. Prison is a unique experience and the people impacted deserve to have a provider who knows what changes happen to a person when they have gone through incarceration. Learning how to deprogram from the skills that helped you survive prison is important if you want to be successful in the free world.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL

I enjoy helping those that are struggling from zero. Having nothing and starting life from scratch seems tough. I know it is a rut to get out of and start fresh without baggage. Bag and baggage is when to go home and get out of jail to the outside world feeling numb and adjusting to society seems like a party. Rules that don't apply to us and wanting o do the whole world appears easy. Thinking, behavior, and consequences are the key.

— Dale Komoda, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

Dr. Rodriguez is a forensic mental health evaluator which allows her to serve as an evaluator and expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. She is known in the legal community for her ability to connect with people and for her willingness to take on challenging cases. Once you step into her office, you will feel no judgement from Dr. Rodriguez. She understands that people make mistakes and if they are ready to move forward, she will assist them.

— Kate Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Counselor in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

Volunteering with court-involved people for more than a decade is how I came to the field of therapy, and I continue to love supporting people who are caught up in these massive systems of control. Mass incarceration has traumatized communities and families, and continues to do so every day. I work closely with attorneys to provide context for how trauma impacts court-involvement, and am also happy to provide psychological evaluations for court-involved persons at an attorney or judge's request.

— Rachel Smith, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

I have over 10 years of experience working with justice involved clients. Integrating back into the community after any period of incarceration is very difficult. Incarceration is traumatic and there are many systemic barriers to overcome. But it's doable, especially with support! Therapy can help you to understand issues that led to incarceration and learn new behaviors to help keep you out of the system.

— Vikki Dial, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

I worked in the North Carolina prison system and had the opportunity to establish and facilitate art therapy programs for groups and individuals in male, female, and juveniles facilities. I ran years of groups for folks returning to the community from prison. I have also worked to support families with loved ones who are incarcerated.

— Erika Bowser, Art Therapist

As a clinician, I worked for 2 years with AB109 probationers to reintegrate back into the community after spending various lengths in time in our jail/prison system. I have also run groups in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility focusing on preparation for what was to come. I love to instill hope and build upon strengths to remind individuals that they are important and can make desired life changes.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA